Definitions for inverseɪnˈvɜrs, ˈɪn vɜrs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•verseɪnˈvɜrs, ˈɪn vɜrs(adj.)

  1. reversed in position, order, direction, or tendency.

  2. (of a proportion) containing terms of which an increase in one results in a decrease in another.

    Category: Math

  3. inverted; turned upside down.

  4. (n.)an inverted state or condition.

  5. something that is inverse; the direct opposite.

  6. Category: Math

    Ref: inverse function.

Origin of inverse:

1605–15; < L inversus, ptp. of invertere; see invert


Princeton's WordNet

  1. inverse, opposite(adj)

    something inverted in sequence or character or effect

    "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"

  2. inverse, reverse(adj)

    reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect

  3. inverse(adj)

    opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity

    "a term is in inverse proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other decreases (or increases)"


  1. inverse(Noun)

    The opposite of a given, due to contrary nature or effect.

  2. inverse(Noun)

    The reverse version of a procedure.

    Removing one's shoes is the inverse of putting one's shoes on

  3. inverse(Noun)

    The inverse of an element x with respect to a binary operation is an element that when combined with x yields the appropriate identity element.

  4. inverse(Noun)

    A statement constructed from the negatives of the premise and conclusion of some other statement: ~p u2192 ~q is the inverse of p u2192 q.

  5. inverse(Verb)

    To compute the bearing and distance between two points.

  6. inverse(Adjective)

    Opposite in effect or nature or order

  7. inverse(Adjective)

    reverse, opposite in or order

  8. inverse(Adjective)

    Having the properties of an inverse.

  9. inverse(Adjective)

    (Kiowa-Tanaon linguistics) A grammatical number marking that indicates the opposite grammatical number (or numbers) of the default number specification of noun class.

  10. Origin: Recorded since 1440, from inversus, the past participle of invertere 'to invert', itself from in- 'in, on' + vertere 'to turn'

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inverse(adj)

    opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; -- opposed to direct

  2. Inverse(adj)

    inverted; having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of that which is usual

  3. Inverse(adj)

    opposite in nature and effect; -- said with reference to any two operations, which, when both are performed in succession upon any quantity, reproduce that quantity; as, multiplication is the inverse operation to division. The symbol of an inverse operation is the symbol of the direct operation with -1 as an index. Thus sin-1 x means the arc whose sine is x

  4. Inverse(noun)

    that which is inverse

Anagrams of inverse

  1. versine

Translations for inverse

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the opposite of, as in anticlockwise .

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